Jiahao Cao

Jiahao Cao Computer Science and Technology
Tsinghua University
Beijing, P.R. China


  • Dec. 2018 to Dec. 2019: visiting scholar, Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), George Mason University
    • Advisor: Prof. Kun Sun
  • 2015 to now: pursuing Ph.D., Department of Computer Science & Technology, Tsinghua University
    • Advisor: Prof. Qi Li and Mingwei Xu
  • 2011 to 2015: B.Sc degree, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Research Projects

  • Vulnerability Discovery in SDN

Research Interests

  • SDN/NFV Security
  • Deep Learning for Cyber Security


  • Jiahao Cao, Qi Li, Renjie Xie, Kun Sun, Guofei Gu, Mingwei Xu, and Yuan Yang. "The CrossPath Attack: Disrupting the SDN Control Channel via Shared Links," To appear in USENIX Security '19 (First round acceptance ratio: 9.8%=25/254).
  • Jiahao Cao, Mingwei Xu, Qi Li, Kun Sun, Yuan Yang, and Jing Zheng. "Disrupting SDN via the Data Plane: A Low-Rate Flow Table Overflow Attack," In Proc. of the 13th EAI International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SECURECOMM), Niagara Falls, Canada, October 2017. (Best Paper Award)
  • Jing Zheng, Qi Li, Guofei Gu, Jiahao Cao, David K.Y. Yau, and Jianping Wu. "Realtime DDoS Defense Using COTS SDN Switches via Adaptive Correlation Analysis," In IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (TIFS), vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 1838-1853, 2018.
  • Renjie Xie, Mingwei Xu, Jiahao Cao, and Qi Li. "SoftGuard: Defend against the Low-Rate TCP Attack in SDN," To appear in IEEE ICC'19.
  • Zheng Liu, Mingwei Xu, Jiahao Cao, and Qi Li. "TSA: A Two-phase Scheme against Amplification DDoS Attack in SDN," In Proc. of the 13th International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN), Beijing, China, December 2017.

Professional Activities

Journal Reviewer
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS)
  • SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences
External Reviewer
  • IEEE CNS, 2019
  • IEEE INFOCOM, 2018
  • IEEE ICDCS, 2018
  • IEEE/ACM IWQoS, 2017~2018
  • IEEE ICC, 2018

Awards & Scholarships

  • CSC Scholarship for visiting scholars (2018)
  • Best Paper Award in the SecureComm conference (2017)
  • National Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates (2013)
  • National Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates (2012)

Teaching Assistant

  • 70240023 Computer network Architecture: Fall 2017
  • 40240882 Specialized Training of Computer Networks: Spring 2016, Spring 2017
  • 40240513 Principles of Computer Network:Fall 2016

Conferences in Focus for Me